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Trump reportedly planning his own private spy agency

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    The Intercept: Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

    Blackwater founder Erik Prince assisted by Oliver North have prepared a proposal to create a private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies. The private agency would provide key White House administration officials including CIA Director Pompeo a "means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency".

    “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” a knowledgeable person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”

    Of course the White House denies that they have been approached by Prince or anyone else regarding the proposal, but it seems to be fairly far along in its concept. If true it has much larger implications about how much Trump distrusts his own intelligence agencies that he is willing to go create his own organization to go around them.

    Other news agencies have been reporting on this as well...

  • Independent
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    I swear allegiance to Donald Trump, der ubergroppenfuhrer...

    This is beyond the pale. And have we heard a peep from Republicans?

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Quite simple; this is just another step to dictatorship; he's doing that piece by piece " no more checks and balances".
  • Liberal Democrat
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    In case you have forgotten, Oliver North was convicted in the late 1980's for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, but all charges were dropped in 1991 (when Bush I was in office).

    Erik Prince founded Blackwater, which made a LOT of money during the Iraq war:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/30/AR2007093001352.html

    Erik Prince's sister happens to be Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education.

    Without a doubt, Trump is THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT in the history of our country.

  • Independent
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    In case you have forgotten, Oliver North was convicted in the late 1980's for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, but all charges were dropped in 1991 (when Bush I was in office).

    Erik Prince founded Blackwater, which made a LOT of money during the Iraq war:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/30/AR2007093001352.html

    Erik Prince's sister happens to be Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education.

    Without a doubt, Trump is THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT in the history of our country.

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!
  • Liberal Democrat
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    So what qualifies or quantifies a deep state enemy? Would that be people who protest or organize street demonstrations against this regime?

    The FBI covertly watched MLK like a hawk, a covert operation, the FBI director back then hated MLK with a passion. The FBI was also instrumental in bringing down the black panther party too.

  • Center Left
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    Intelligence is just there in the form of the CIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland security, etc. How on Earth could we expect him to not steal what's available. That would be like him owning 6 fast-food restaurants and not weighing an additional 60 pounds from eating French fries non stop.

    Steal away if there's a dollar to be made or an advantage to be gained.

    P.O.S.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    And the GOP is silent, why?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    In a joint press conference with Norway's Prime Minister, Trump bragged about selling F-52 and F-35 fighter jets to Norway. The F-52 is so secret that even the Pentagon doesn't know about it. Some say he got mixed up with the fictional F-52 fighter from the video game, but we forget that Trump is very smart.

    Who are we to judge?

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    In a joint press conference with Norway's Prime Minister, Trump bragged about selling F-52 and F-35 fighter jets to Norway. The F-52 is so secret that even the Pentagon doesn't know about it. Some say he got mixed up with the fictional F-52 fighter from the video game, but we forget that Trump is very smart.

    Who are we to judge?

    Schmidt, do you really think there is money left to develop something which no one can afford? The F35 is already an "monster" money wise. Since we don't have money for decent healthcare let alone helping our vet's and the poor, why be so focused on war tools? Most of the F35's will be parked in the desert anyway after we get finally a non war mongering president (I hope) Drumpf keeps screaming : "America first", while he means; war industry "billionaires" first. Our "genius" designed the F52 himself.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: Schmidt, do you really think there is money left to develop something which no one can afford? The F35 is already an "monster" money wise. Since we don't have money for decent healthcare let alone helping our vet's and the poor, why be so focused on war tools? Most of the F35's will be parked in the desert anyway after we get finally a non war mongering president (I hope) Drumpf keeps screaming : "America first", while he means; war industry "billionaires" first. Our "genius" designed the F52 himself.

    I'm pretty sure Schmidt's post was tongue-in-cheek.

    The F-52 Donald talked about isn't real; it's a fictional fighter jet the creators of "Call of Duty" made up for their fantasy war game.